Chris Sand wins Casino Employees’ No-Limit Hold’em. Fourth flight of Colossus II underway. $10k Seven-Card Stud Championship starts tomorrow. $25k WSOP Fantasy Draft streaming tonight. And more.
Christopher Sand has won the first bracelet of the summer in WSOP Event #1: $565 Casino Employees’ No-Limit Hold’em. He topped a field of 731 entries and rebounded from a final table stack of 7 BB to win $75,157. He dedicated his bracelet to his late mother, who he says is the one who first taught him to play poker at age 13.
The second iteration of the Colossus is going strong, with flight C soon to reach its conclusion and flight D starting soon. 9,772 entries were recorded in the first three flights, but one would expect the later flights to attract more players, as more people arrive in Vegas for the series, and because of this year’s format, which allows players to cash one flight, bust out before the end of the first day, and re-enter another flight. As it stands, it is already the second-largest live event in history after its predecessor, but I would expect it to break the record once all flights have run.
Live updates of today’s action can be found here.
The final two flights of the Colossus II will run tomorrow, and the $10,000 7-Card Stud Championship will get underway as well. The non-Hold’em Championship events tend to draw out an all-star crowd, but last year’s Stud Championship was one of two bracelets won by Brian Hastings over the course of his hot, hot, scandalous summer, so this year the smart money is on Noel Hayes.
If you’re waiting with bated breath for the first major controversy of the summer, though, you’ll likely have to wait for Sunday. As well as the $1500 Dealer’s Choice event, that’s also the day that the new $1000/$2000 Top-Up Turbo will run, and PartTimePoker’s own Steve Ruddock has predicted that this is one experiment that’s going to end in tears.
WSOP News & Notes
– Brian Pempus at Card Player has some theories about which poker legends who were conspicuously silent in recent years are likely to pick 2016 to make a comeback.
– Daniel Negreanu’s famed $25k WSOP Fantasy Draft will be held tonight and streamed on PokerNews’s Twitch channel. If you don’t have $25,000 of your own to enter, but if you want a sweat, tune in to next week’s podcast and I’ll come up with some kind of question to give away 1% of the 1% I bought of #TeamMedia. Yes, that amounts to $2.50 in equity. Yes, I’m a gigantic cheapskate. What do you want, we’re a low-budget operation.
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– It’ll be interesting to see what happens to GPL viewership over the summer, as the live-in-studio debut has been much awaited, yet the WSOP will likely be too much of a distraction for some viewers. Dan Katz at FlushDraw offers a nice summary of how it’s going to work.
– There have been a lot of changes in PokerStars’s roster of sponsored pros this year, with some leaving in protest over the VIP Rewards changes, others being let go, and many more taken on, particularly Twitch streamers. Jen Newell at PokerUpdate gives her take on the changes.
– Joss Wood at OnlinePokerReport feels that MGM’s support for regulated online poker in New York will be key in that ongoing legislative battle.
– You’re probably sick of hearing about that gorilla being shot in Cincinnati by now, but here’s another story about a gorilla, which doesn’t end in the animal being shot.